About Norman Van Aken

Norman Van Aken
is the Chef/Owner of the award-winning restaurant NORMAN'S in the historic Coral Gables section of Miami. He is the "Father of New World Cuisine" and coined the terms, "New World Cuisine" as well as "Fusion Cuisine." His culinary philosophy is "to create a marriage of the sensual and rustic with the classic and intellectual in a celebration of the various places we live.

Chef Van Aken has cooked, consulted, written and lectured on "New World Cuisine" internationally. He has appeared on CNN, "Good Morning America," "CBS This Morning," "TVFN," "Emeril Live" and many other programs. His work has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, Charlie Trotter's Cookbooks, Australia's Vogue and many more. Norman Van Aken is the exclusive Celebrity Chef for United Airlines for all flights to Latin America and the Caribbean.


  • 1999 Nominated GQ "Man of the Year: Chef Category"
  • 1999 Food Arts Silver Spoon Award Winner
  • 1998 & 1999 United Airlines, "Chef in the Sky": Latin America & The Caribbean
  • 1997 Winner of the James Beard Foundationís, "Best Chef: Southeast"
  • 1997 Culinary Institute of America Graduation Commencement Speaker
  • 1997 Cooking Light Magazine: "10th Anniversary Enlightened Chef Award"
  • 1997 Nominee Julia Child: "IACP Awards of Excellence, Chef Category"
  • 1996 Winner of the "Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence"
  • 1996 Chef for "The First International James Beard Dinner, Mexico City"
  • 1995 Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Johnson & Wales University
  • Author, "NORMANíS NEW WORLD CUISINE," Random House, 1997
  • Nominated "Best Chef Authored Cookbook of 1997" by the Julia Child/IACP Awards.
  • Author of "The Great Exotic Fruit Book and Posters," 1995
  • Author of the first book on the new Florida cooking, "A Feast of Sunlight", 1988
  • A Featured Chef on the Discovery Channel's "Great Chefs of the South"
  • On the Advisory Board to Boston's "Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust's," and "International Diets of Latin America"
  • On the Executive Board of the American Institute of Wine and Food, South Florida
  • The New York Times: "Considered the best restaurant in South Florida"
  • Miami Herald: "NORMAN'S is an extraordinary experience-There is no other place like it in Miami"
  • GQ Magazine: "Golden Dish 1998 Winner"
  • The London Sunday Telegraph: "Arguably, the best restaurant in the Miami, 1998"
  • Gourmet Magazine: "America's Top Tables" 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Playboy Magazine: "The Top Twenty-Five Restaurants in America, 1998"
  • Wine Spectator: "Award of Excellence 1997, 1998"
  • The New York Daily News: "Best restaurant south of Paris"
  • Florida Trend Magazine: "Winner of the Golden Spoon Award, 1996 & 1997"
  • Bon Appétit Magazine: "One of the Best New Restaurants in the Country, 1995"
  • Condé Nast Traveler: "Top 10 restaurants in America"
  • Nominated "Best New Restaurant in America, 1995" by The James Beard Foundation
  • "Best. Period." Condé Nast Internet site, "Epicurious"
  • Awarded "The Five Diamond Award" for NORMAN'S and Norman Van Aken